John Redwood writes that on the morning of September 30 he awoke to find the BBC presenting a garbled version of his views on the BBC on why big business should stay out of referendum debates, while complaining that they had not phoned him to check his views, nor invite him on to explain them, continuing that people will remember his advice to big business to keep out of the Scottish referendum campaign. He continues that it is his understanding those companies that did speak out now have to deal with shareholders, employees and customers who are unhappy that their company spoke against their political wishes.
I know not the modus operandi of Mr. Redwood, but speaking from personal experience my own Member of Parliament, when taking momentous decisions, has never telephoned me to check my views nor invited me to discuss them. Perhaps Mr. Redwood can now appreciate how I – and many of the electorate – feel about being ignored.
To my knowledge my Member of Parliament has never held a debate with his constituents to ascertain how they feel about various matters du jour. For sure, he holds what are known as ‘Cameron Direct’ sessions but from what I hear, like any other politician, he is in ‘transmit mode’ only. It cannot be right that if a Member of Parliament is elected to represent the views of his/her constituents, that said representatives should rely on ‘surgeries’, where we have to approach them. This then broaches the subject about the lack of separation of Executive from the Legislature; because where ones Member of Parliament is also a member of the Executive they cannot truly represent the views of their constituent.
On the 15th August I attended the surgery of my Member of Parliament at which time I handed him a dossier of questions about his statements and decisions on matters EU – tomorrow it will be seven weeks since that meeting and I am still awaiting a response. So he has had matters of national and international importance to deal with – see what I mean when I say that a member of the Executive does not have time, nor the ability, to represent the views and concerns of his/her constituent?
John Redwood is an example of someone being unable to see the wood from the trees – and another is Martin Wolf, writing in the FT about the question of English devolution and maintaining that the English should not seek parity with the Scots. He writes that English votes for English matters is quite unworkable and that an alternative, it is argued, is a full federation, continuing that this, too, is problematic as England has been a centralised state for almost a thousand years and that it has a huge and dominant capital that cannot sensibly be separated from its surroundings.
Had Martin Wolf carried out two simple tasks – engage brain, coupled with research – he would have finally found this idea; and found the answer to all that he considers unsolvable questions.
It really is that simple, Mr. Wolf.